Articles From : bjgreen

  • Way Back When: The Spanish Flu Invades Santa Barbara

    Everything changed here on October 14, 1918, with the large headline, “‘Flu’ Invades Santa Barbara; Schools, Movies, Other Public Gathering Places May Close.”

  • Way Back When: The First Meeting of the Santa Barbara Red Cross

    The women of Santa Barbara started the Santa Barbara branch of the Red Cross in March 1917 during World War I.

  • Way Back When: Blaming the Flu Source

    Although recent historians think that the 1918 flu pandemic started in the United States, back in 1918 it was blamed on the Europeans – Spain in particular, and also Germany.

  • Way Back When: Moviemaking in Montecito

    The “Flying A” was not the only movie studio making movies in our area 100 years ago.

  • Way Back When: Spanish Flu Advice

    In August 1918, there were no cases of the Spanish Flu in Santa Barbara yet, but articles in the local paper recommended that people start wearing masks if they became sick.

  • Way Back When: Mollie of the Follies

    This was one of two movies released by Santa Barbara’s “Flying A” movie studio in February 1919.

  • Way Back When: Patriotic Song

    During World War I, a local man wrote the lyrics to a patriotic song titled, "Uncle Sam is a Grand Old Man." 

  • Way Back When: Car Cranks

    Herbert Earlscliffe of Montecito was cranking the starter on his car in 1914 when something went horribly wrong and he ended up with a broken arm.

  • Way Back When: An Artist & Photographer of Nature

    A mention of a Santa Barbara landscape artist named Oscar Reagan Coast in a 1917 art magazine caught my eye.

  • Way Back When: Jitneys & Uber, Been There Done That

    We didn’t have the app-based taxi company called Uber back in Santa Barbara in 1915, but we did have a similar alternative transport system called the jitney.

  • Way Back When: Landscape Artist Lands in Santa Barbara

    Over 100 years ago a famous landscape painter settled in Santa Barbara.

  • Way Back When: The First Fast-Food Restaurant in SB?

    The big news on the restaurant scene here in January 1916 was the world premiere of the newly invented “Abadie Cuisine Roulante.”

  • Way Back When: Women on the Grand Jury for the First Time

    In January of 1919, Santa Barbara County selected women for their grand jury for the first time in history.

  • Way Back When: Dirty Dancing in January 1914

    In 1914, the tango was all the rage that it even offended the pope.

  • WAY BACK WHEN: Danish Hamlet Stalks Through Santa Barbara

    An actual Great Dane named Hamlet enamored locals 100 years ago.

  • State Street Building Turns 100

    Betsy finds a building on State Street that's over 100 years old.

  • Way Back When: Liking the Look of Leather

    Suddenly, leather was in fashion on the streets of Santa Barbara in December 1919.

  • Way Back When: Fatal Shootout at the SB Post Office

    In December 1919, a shootout with a fugitive took place at the Santa Barbara Police Office.

  • Way Back When: Her War Work Was Not Done Yet

    The fighting in Europe was over, but the work of caring for the wounded and helping the people recover from the long years of conflict continued.

  • Five Things to be Thankful For

    Betsy shares 5 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving compared to 100 years ago in Santa Barbara.

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